Posts tagged “michael albert”
July 12, 2013
Michael Albert is an activist, writer, speaker, and economist known for his involvement in Students for a Democratic Society, the anti-Vietnam movement, ZNet and Z Magazine. In their new book, author Sean Michael Wilson and artist Carl Thompson use a graphic form to tell the story of Albert’s life and the birth of participatory economics. What does Michael think about this new book?
“I admit that I was nervous when I finally sat down to read the whole book. But it was just my creaking bones worrying, I guess, because the book is incredibly effective, in my view, at creating a friendly path into the ideas it offers. Sure, one can read longer full text books on the topics to get longer full text renditions. But there is something about seeing the images along with the more succinct text that really does help communicate the ideas. Parecomic is fun to read, but no less informative and, I hope challenging, as a result.”
Read more of Michael’s review on his blog here.
May 7, 2013
Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics is on sale today!
Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, the creative team behind the progressive comic strip “Green Benches,” have united once more to bring us Parecomic—the story of political and economic revolutionary Michael Albert and his ideas for an alternative to capitalism.Noam Chomsky, in his first ever introduction for a graphic novel, calls the book and its message “a vital stimulus for the activist engagement that contemporary society desperately needs if urgent problems are to be confronted seriously and constructively.”
Michael Albert has spent years developing an alternative economic vision, called “participatory economics,” and Parecomic outlines the principles of Albert’s ideas in a dynamic and accessible fashion, with appearances from Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and the ghost of Karl Marx. Albert has traveled around the globe for more than thirty years to investigate working conditions, political movements, and alternative systems of management and compensation.
Carl Thompson, illustrator of Parecomic, speaking at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis with the co-founder of Kickstarter
October 25, 2012
Carl Thompson, illustrator of the upcoming graphic novel Parecomic, about Michael Albert and his life’s struggle as a left-wing activist in the US, will be speaking at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct 25th at 7pm as part of a panel on Kickstarter with the co-founder Yancey Strickler. Sean Michael Wilson, the writer of Parecomic, and Thompson raised money through Kickstarter to fund the work put into the graphic novel’s production. More info on the event here.
Eighteen months after Kickstarter.com went live, Details magazine declared its “potential to … spark a modern Renaissance.” Currently it’s on track to channel more than $150 million to thousands of creative projects in 2012.
Cofounder Yancey Strickler speaks on Kickstarter’s inspiration and evolution, its social fund-raising model, and its huge impact on artists and creative industries of all kinds. He also addresses ways that its success is affecting the wider world of arts funding, and speculates about what the future holds for this platform.
June 24, 2011"Initially, the idea came to my mind in 2002. At that time, after the rebellion of December 2001 in Argentina, I was very much involved in the neighbors' Assemblies movement . . . Most people had the feeling that the old Left had little to offer. And yet, they were craving for radical ideas and actions. There was the sense that we were building a new kind of movement, but there were no ideas, concepts or doctrines to name it . . . Even if activists in Europe and the US immediately felt that the Argentinean rebellion was part of a global phenomenon, people in Argentina, initially, had almost no idea that similar movements were taking place elsewhere, and that other people were already discussing the same problems and having to face similar political challenges. I felt that I had the responsibility to communicate all those ideas to the people who were struggling with me in the streets." --Ezequiel Adamovsky